Bryce Rytting

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Bryce Rytting's education is unusually varied: his studies in Germany, the U.S. and England have earned degrees in conducting, history and music theory. Princeton University awarded him a Ph.D. and M.F.A. in musicology. Graduate work under Helmuth Rilling at the Frankfurt Conservatory yielded a Kuenstleriche Reifepruefung (literally: artistic maturity) in conducting. His bachelor's degree was magna cum laude from the University of Utah in music theory.

He has also studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 1986 Bryce joined the faculty of the Eastman School of Music. He went to Brigham Young University as faculty in the School of Music in 1989 where he was named BYU School of Music Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1998 and BYU Professor of the Month in February 1997. Bryce has served as music director of Pro Musica (a choir based in Salt Lake), conductor of the Park City International Music Festival orchestra, guest conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony and Southwest Symphony and Chorus, conductor of orchestras and chamber music coach for several seasons at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and has conducted opera, choir and orchestras at BYU.

In 1998 he was named music director of the Utah Valley Symphony and permanent conductor for the Utah Regional Ballet. For his work in the community, he was awarded the National Music Month Award by the Provo Arts Council in 2000. In 2001 Bryce celebrated the new millennium's dawn by joining the faculty at UVU. He was appointed chair of the music department in 2002. His wife, Lysa Wight Rytting, is a professional harpist. The Ryttings have three children: McKay, Mairin, and Christopher.

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